You may be hearing a lot buzz around collagen lately but are unsure exactly what collagen is or what it does for us. Collagen is a protein in our bodies found in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Over time our body’s collagen production begins to slow down therefore it is important to take collagen orally in order to keep the levels of this protein high in our body.

According to Dr. Josh Axe, there are many benefits tied to adding collagen into our diets.

Benefits of Collagen:

  1. Improves skin and hair health
  2. Reduces joint pain and degeneration
  3. Helps with leaky gut
  4. Boosts metabolism
  5. Strengthens nails and teeth
  6. Improves liver health
  7. Protects cardiovascular health

There are a few different ways to consume collagen, these are foods that we can get collagen from:

  • Spirulina
  • Bone broth
  • Cod fish
  • Eggs
  • Gelatin

There are also foods that build collagen, such as:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Citrus fruits
  • Garlic

As you can see, there are a few different ways to get collagen from the foods I mentioned. However, you can also take collagen in a supplement form. I prefer to add Ancient Nutrition collagen protein powder to my matcha tea! Ancient Nutrition makes a few different products with collagen, including a bone broth protein powder. These products along with a lot of other Ancient Nutrition products are available on Vitacost.com where they are currently running a sale on all Ancient Nutrition products.

Taking a collagen supplement is not for everyone but some people really love it and are getting great results. So try it out and see for yourself!